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									 PACE PROGRAM

    UNIT PLAN

     FALL 2006



Submitted by: Susan Tong
1. Mission of this Unit
The Primary goal of the PACE Program is to graduate students with an
Associate of Arts degree and to facilitate transfer to a four-year institution to
complete a baccalaureate degree. Most PACE graduates transfer to CSU,
East Bay where they attend their PACE Program working towards a major in
Liberal Studies or Human Development. Private Colleges in the Bay Area
have also been another option for our graduating Chabot PACE students.

2. Description of this Unit
a. The PACE Program offers almost a complete curriculum to both graduate
with an Associate of Arts degree from Chabot College and transfer to the
CSU's (students fulfill their physical education requirement outside of the
PACE Program). We also offer the pre-requisite courses to qualify to enroll
in both the math and English college level/transfer course. The PACE
Program was original offered at Chabot College in January of 1989. Along
with Vista College's PACE Program, it was one of only two PACE
Programs offered in the Bay Area. Although numerous other community
colleges in this area had initiated a PACE Program at some time after
Chabot's, CSU, East Bay's PACE advisor (who is essentially in charge of
their program) recently informed us that Chabot and Vista's PACE Programs
are they only viable one's today. Other community colleges have either
discontinued their programs (like Las Positas, our sister college did
numerous years ago) or have cut back dramatically with demise in sight.

b. Our unit is staffed by one coordinator (released time of one course, per
fall and spring semesters), a part-time counselor who works all year round,
a 50% administrative assistant, and faculty most of whom are part-time
although four fulltime faculty currently teach at least one course for this
program although not necessarily for load.

3. Goals and Objectives of the PACE PROGRAM
a. Would survival as an objective appear too dire? The program has
undergone enormous changes over the years, most not for the benefit of the
program. One of the greatest tragedies was when the program was selected
for termination because the college didn't "need" the FTE the program
generated (shortsighted?). The PACE Program has an excellent reputation
of successfully graduating students. The transfer colleges consistently praise
how well prepared Chabot's PACE students are for upper division learning.
So short of survival, PACE wishes to continue the goals that it has always
had. We are one of the original "small learning communities" at Chabot. In
spite of being understaffed we provide personalized service in counseling,
classroom instruction, and through our administrative assistant and
coordinator. We wish we were allowed to do more! The rewards are there.
With any meaningful advertising/promotion/recruitment the program "sells
itself". It has generated a fairly strong percentage of graduates, transfers,
and revenue for 16 years.
b. A quantifiable step that we are taking to increase enrollment is to offer
courses one night a week rather than a split week night and every other
Saturday schedule. The latter format was designed in 1989. We believe
adult learners are more interested in attending evening weekday classes or
Saturday morning classes, keeping Saturday afternoon free. It keeps their
lives simpler. This spring we have changed the scheduling of four of our
courses, canceling Saturday and offering them only one night a week.
Additionally, three of our lower enrollment courses have been changed to
late start classes hoping to attract students who either started the application
for PACE late or non-PACE students who are in need of an additional
course.
 Our PACE Coordinator has been meeting with representatives of the other
small learning communities via an ad hoc committee and we are working or
common interests. Our first project is the Small Learning Communities
table out next to where students register (if they register in person).

4. Relationship of PACE to the 2006-7 Strategic Plan
PACE is reviewing its scheduling to meet the needs of PACE students and
prospective students. Beginning in Spring, 2006 the program will offer late
start classes and has switched four courses to evening only. It is the desire
of the program to offer more online courses and this will be this coming
year's objective.

PACE also related to item 3 of the Strategic Plan which refers to the increase
in the use of technology. A number of our course offerings reflect the use of
technology to enhance student learning outcomes. PACE offers four online
courses and two telecourses each semester. Our goal is to offer additional
online courses.

5. Written Report for this Unit
Enrollment is good in this unit but could be better and that is the reason we
have changed some of our course scheduling. As a complete academic
program we offer all of the courses (except P.E.) required to graduate and
transfer. This sometimes results in our offering a course will lower
enrollment because it is part of the PACE curriculum.
On the other hand, loyal PACE faculty often teach overload classes (without
compensation) which helps to keep the costs per FTES by discipline (in this
case program) fairly low. In the Social Science division where PACE is
housed, the program's cost per FTES is $1,656 which is lower than six other
disciplines/programs in the division and higher than four other disciplines.

								
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